National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) or NIA has developed a conceptual framework "Innovation Diplomacy", based on the strategic cooperation with innovative organizations worldwide. The mission is to enhance National Innovation System (NIS) of Thailand to international level, as well as to promote the image of Thailand to become "Innovation Nation".
Innovation and Diplomacy, the two words that could be allied so well for the global affairs in the 21st Century. Innovation Diplomacy will focus more on the commercialization of innovation rather than mainly focus in R&D, therefore, Innovation Diplomacy will be another solution to creating significant economic impacts while strengthening international relations at the same time. NIA, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Thailand and Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Thailand, together will provide the pathway to success for those aims by bringing more and more international partners to work with related Thai public and private sectors as Thailand is now growing extensively and sustainably.
Exploring & Informing:
Influencing & Promoting:
Cultivating & Connecting:
Activating & Scaling:
Project and activities in each stage of operation are divided into 7 areas.
According to our Strategic Framework 2017 - 2020, NIA has developed international collaboration that aimed in three areas:
Cooperation with international innovative agencies
NIA has plenty of bilateral cooperation with international innovative agencies that are mainly responsible for driving innovation. With similar roles and responsibilities to NIA, co-operative activities are comprehensive, various and consistency with NIA’s operation.
Cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Thailand
NIA has cooperated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support activities based on market information and knowledge development. NIA is working closely with Department of International Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Thailand and Royal Thai Embassies in various countries. The cooperation platform on ‘Innovation Diplomacy’ is mostly at the ‘Activities and Scaling’ phase and has been extended to Royal Thai Embassies in the United States, Germany, Austria, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Israel, Sri Lanka and etc.
The format of the activities are:
1. Developing the innovative cooperation projects with international partners
2. Seeking business opportunities for innovative Thai products or services in various countries
3. Seeking technological advances in various industries and building cooperation in Thai industrial development
4. Presenting the image of innovation in Thailand according to the policy of Thailand 4.0 in Thailand Week Fair in various countries
To develop knowledge and spread the knowledge diffusion through the network of Thai entrepreneurs, NIA cooperates closely with many embassies in Thailand to facilitate business matching between Thai entrepreneurs and international technology entrepreneurs for being last long business partners in Thailand and worldwide.
Startup Ecosystem Development